At an event in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warned that the economic and social conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate. He added that the situation will improve only after the Palestinian Authority returns to Gaza.


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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warned that the Gaza Strip is “on the verge of a total systems failure” on Tuesday. Speaking at the INSS annual conference in Tel Aviv, Mladenov also urged Israel and the Palestinians to commit to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict.

Mladenov said that a total systems failure in the coastal enclave would include the “full collapse of the economy and social services,” a development that would result in “political, humanitarian and security implications.”

“Returning Gaza under legitimate Palestinian control and ending all the militant activity there is critical,” he explained. “It is critical to Israel’s security, Egypt’s security, to the people of Gaza and the Palestinians in general.”

Mladenov then warned that if the Palestinian Authority does not return to Gaza, the population there will be doomed. He said that Gaza could explode “in a far more violent and deadly manner than in the past” if the PA-Hamas reconciliation agreement fails.

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mladenov said: “I don’t believe the peace process is dead or that the prospect for peace is dead.” The UN official then stressed that the international agency views a two-state solution as the only option for ending the conflict.